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that away lessens the number of competitors and would be a very big disaster for competition in this space. >> is there really like my job, and so i am going to say that the merger is going to go through the fcc and the department of justice and i look forward to sing with the outcome is. >> why don't you just tell us what you think and not anyone else? we're discussing the recent fcc report on competition in the wireless industry. we're pleased to be joined by representatives from the wireless industry, and from the free press, a think tank policy group that looks at these telecommunications issues. matt wood is the policy director, paul kirby of telecommunications reports. next question? >> often this report does not get much attention, but because of the merger. they are considering, groups and companies who are proposed the merger say, look, they cannot determine the effective competition for the second year and a row, that shows the merger should not be approved. at&t says we think it shows how many carriers people have choices of. i wanted to get your views on the public's standpoint
between the big two and other providers and, of course, that ultimately hurts consumers if their competitive options are limited and if they don't have as many options as they might especially for truly high-end plans for the most popular devices. if they're funneled into one provider or another that keep competitors out of that picture. >> host: we want to hear from chris guttman-mccabe, also, of the wireless industry. what's your cob collusion about the -- conclusion about the wireless industry itself? >> guest: so not surprisingly i disagree with matt. i think by any measure it's an effectively competitive industry. i think if you look at the number of options that consumers have, i think that the report says that 90% of americans have access to five or more facilities-based competitors. that doesn't take into consideration the numerous resellers that are out there. i think if you look at whether it's the price per minute or the average bill, the average bill is half of what it was in 1987, you know, around the beginning of the industry. and if you think what is being
, next question. >> guest: it allows cell sites to be connected back to the network, and that's a big concern of smaller carriers, their contention is that verizon and at&t have the backlog market locked up and say there's alternatives open to reaching agreements. the report talks about back hall and what is called special access and that's something to be addressed. give us a sense why you think the market is a problem and then if chris wants to address that as well. >> guest: again, we at free press and other organizations made that argument as have others like sprint and t-mobile, and they are quieter now, understandably i suppose, and sprint held an obscene profit at one time that not just verizon and at&t are making, but now century link or kwest. -- qwest. these competitors are so reliant upon their largest competing wireless providers and not only have the wire line side, but are wireless providers and can sell provision to what they are using to connect back to the towers, internet, and back to the network. we feel there's barriers there, not just the public interest organizat
rural areas and other high cost for low income and schools and libraries. it's just a big umbrella. i've been pushing for reform for five years. i've come close to resolving many issues on universal service in a related area called carrier compensation. which is phone companies exchanging money for terminating traffic on each other's network. we had two republicans on board for many reforms, including myself and commissioner copps. i think there's a lot of room for bipartisan agreement. i get concerned when i see dates continue to slip away. my concern is that we might get two new commissioners on the commission this fall. republican and democrat. i'd like to see us get an order done before that happens. because that could be used as an excuse for further day, then we are slipping into an selection year, there's going to be perhaps more pressure from congress. we've been charted by congress, a section called 284 to get it done. it's been 14 years or so since the commission has really put out a comprehensive order on this. what we are looking at is the distribution side of the universa
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